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Do you aspire to be a good student?

A good student often scores stellar grades and you want to do so too.

Fortunately, you are in the right place.

In this article, I will list 6 steps you can take to be a good student. 

As long as you follow them, you should be able to score good grades and become the good student that you have always wanted to be.

Now, let’s get started!

1. Do and submit all your homework

Complete all your homework

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Good students always complete and submit every homework. 

It does not mean that they like doing homework, but they see homework as a valuable practice for their exams.

Homework allows them to understand the topic better and be exposed to different questions.

As a result, they will gain a higher mastery of the topic which allows them to score well in exams. 

2. Study smart and diligently

Good students also study smart and diligently. 

Although procrastination will still exist, good students know when to study and when to play. 

This ensures that procrastination does not get into the way of their revision and they can prepare for their exams. 

Additionally, good students also know how to study smart.

It is a common perception that studying hard is a criteria for getting good grades.

However, studying hard without studying smart could result in poor grades instead. 

Studying smart is needed to ensure the studying that you do is effective.

Effective studying enables you to gain a good understanding of the topic while knowing how to apply concepts. 

Ultimately, these 2 skills – Understanding and application – will allow you to score well in exams.

Studying smart has 4 main components to it – Study habits, practice, learn from mistakes, and understanding. If you get these 4 main components, I believe you are already studying effectively and should score well for your exams.

a) Study habits

Study habits are a big part of effective studying because these habits are constantly being used every time you study. 

As Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

With each repetition of a study habit, that habit becomes more deeply ingrained in you and you continue to do it better and better. 

This means the habit helps you study more effectively each time and excel in exams.

Some examples of study habits include having a study schedule, studying anywhere and anytime, taking notes in class, learning how to motivate yourself to study, and more.

If you would like to know more about study habits, click here to read the article I have recently written on the 8 study habits of a straight-A student.

b) Take the time to understand the topic deeply

In order to be able to solve questions, you have to first gain an understanding of the topic. 

This understanding isn’t just knowing what each concept is about. Rather, this understanding is on a more profound level whereby you learn how concepts link to each other and more. 

In this way, you know how and when to apply each concept effectively, even for difficult questions. 

Many times, students think that they have understood a topic after reading the notes once or after the teacher has taught it.

However, there are many more to the topic that can only be learned after reading and understanding the topic better. Some can only be learned during practice while others only during consultations with your teacher. 

Striving to learn everything about a topic would be a good start to understanding the topic deeply. 

c) Practise a lot

Practicing is more important than you think when it comes to getting good grades.

They are often the last key step many students miss in order to achieve good grades and even As.


Because exams test on application of concepts, not regurgitation of content. 

Simply understanding and memorizing whatever you have learned does not help you score well. Instead, knowing how to apply what you have learned does. 

An analogy would be an engineer. Knowing the mechanics and physics of how stuff works is the first step towards being an engineer. However, to be an engineer, you would have to know how to actually apply your knowledge to building and fixing things. 

This is why good students dedicate a lot of time to practicing. They believe that practice makes perfect and practicing will allow them to score stellar grades.

Not only do they gain a deeper understanding of each topic through practice, but they also get exposed to a wide range of questions. 

This exposure equips them with the knowledge of when to apply which concept to which question, which explains why they are able to solve much more difficult questions than most students.

d) Learn from mistakes

With practice, there are bound to be mistakes. 

Many students become very worried when they make many mistakes or get many questions wrong. They become disheartened by the poor performance they have. 

However, what they don’t realize is that the amount of mistakes they make, no matter how many, is not important. 

Yes, it is a gauge to see how well they would fare in the exams, but this is not the actual exam. 

What is important is that you learn from these mistakes and continuously improve. 

You still have time to improve and it is through these mistakes made that you learn how to make fewer mistakes. You fill in the gap holes in your understanding and you become better at the subject. 

Without learning from your mistakes, practicing is basically useless.

3. Be interested in the subjects you are learning

Good students are also interested in the subjects they are learning, even if it is not the subjects they are initially passionate about. 

This is because being interested in a subject makes you happier and more willing to learn.

As a result, you understand and absorb the content easier. 

Just imagine an area you are interested in, it doesn’t have to be any academic subjects. For example, if you are in love with Kpop idols, do you realize that you remember anything about them very quickly? The members’ names, their upcoming events etc. 

Cannot relate?

How about if you are a football fan? Do you find it extremely easy to remember and learn the names of players’ names and their clubs? 

Having an interest in a topic will help you learn and retain information regarding that topic easily and quickly. 

And if you gain an interest in the subjects you are studying, similarly, you would also learn and retain information for that subject easily and quickly.

4. Master time management

Master time management

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As with every good student that scores stellar grades, they are also masters of time management.

They manage time efficiently and effectively, enabling them to accomplish more every day as compared to their peers. This is despite some who have many extra-curricular activities, external events, and more. 

Although mastering time management may sound complicated and tough, it is actually not. It simply involves a few tricks and techniques that you can use.

One of them is the time blocking technique. 

The time blocking technique is a time management technique that requires you to segment every day into time blocks. These time blocks can be allocated tasks to signify when they will be done and how long they will take to be completed. 

With time blocks, you are able to see clearly what tasks you will be doing every hour or even every minute, effectively helping you keep track of tasks already done and to be completed later on. 

This gives you a nice overview of how efficient and effective you are using your time.

If you find that you are still not using time efficiently and effectively, you can always tune your study schedule.

To carry out the time blocking technique, it is important to have a To-Do list and a study schedule. 

On the study schedule, segment each day into every hour or 30 mins.

These 30 mins or 1-hour segments are your time blocks. 

Afterward, you can now assign tasks to each time block, giving you a study schedule that can help you manage time better than before. 

5. Ask good questions

Asking questions and seeking help when needed is also what a good student would do. 

This is because there are bound to be gaps in understanding, mistakes to be made or misunderstandings when it comes to learning new topics.

When these are not addressed or corrected, they can cause you to be confused about a topic, which subsequently leads to poor grades. 

Asking good questions is effectively consulting your teacher. 

Your teacher explains the concepts more clearly to you, fills in gaps in your knowledge, and corrects misconceptions. 

Moreover, your teacher may explain using diagrams or analogies, which help you visualize the concept better or provide you with useful study tips for that topic. 

Overall, asking good questions helps clarify your doubts and aid you to gain a better mastery of a topic. 

6. Participate actively in class 

Participate actively in class

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Being a good student does not just mean scoring stellar grades in exams. 

Sometimes, participation in class is considered towards the overall grade. 

Thus, by participating actively in class, you can secure these marks and boost your grades.

Not only that, similar to the previous point, participating actively in class by asking good questions also helps you gain a better understanding of a topic. 

With a strong understanding, you are likely to score high marks for your exams.

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A former 'A' Level student heading into university next year, is passionate to help others excel in school! He regularly shares tips and strategies on various aspects of school, focusing mainly on studying, time management, and organizing.

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